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The '''morpho butterflies''' are over 29 Species problem|accepted species and 147 accepted subspecies of butterfly|butterflies in the genus '''''Morpho'''''. They are Neotropical butterflies found mostly in South America, Mexico, and Central America.Eugène Le Moult|Le Moult (E.) & Pierre Réal|Réal (P.), 1962–1963. ''Les Morpho d'Amérique du Sud et Centrale'', Editions du cabinet entomologique Eugène Le Moult|E. Le Moult, Paris. Morphos range in wingspan from the 7.5-cm (3-in) ''Morpho rhodopteron|M. rhodopteron'' to the imposing 20-cm (8-in) sunset morpho, ''M. hecuba''. The name morpho, meaning changed or modified, is also an epithet of Aphrodite and Venus (mythology)|Venus.
Image caption''Morpho didius'' – museum specimen
RegnumAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassisInsecta
OrdoLepidoptera
FamiliaNymphalidae
SubfamiliaMorphinae
TribusMorphini
Genus'''''Morpho'''''
Genus authorityJohan Christian Fabricius|Fabricius, 1807
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